Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty
Mon, November 4, 2013 • 3:00 PM • CLA 1.302E
Turkish Ottoman Lecture Series, Mustafa Akyol
From furious reactions to the cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad and the suppression of women, contemporary news from the Muslim world seems to beg the question: Is islam compatible with freedom and democracy? With an eye sympathetic to both the Western liberalism and Islamic theology, Mustafa Akyol traced the ideological and historical roots of poloticial Islam in his 2011 book Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty.
Mustafa Akyol is a columnist for two Turkish newspapers: Hurriyet Daily News and Star. His articles have also appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affaris, Newsweek, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He studied political science and history at Bogazici Univercity in Istanbul where he lives. His talk at TED, titled "Faith Versus Tradition in Islam" was widely acclaimed.
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Middle Eastern Studies, the Program in Comparative Literature, the Departments of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Government, History, Religious Studies, Radio-Television-Film, the Center for European Studies, and the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest